VP Osinbajo urges FG, states to harmonise Agric policies

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Nigeria's Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigeria’s Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo, has called for agricultural policy alignment between the federal and state governments in order to eliminate duplicity and enhance full implementation.

Osinbajo made the call in Abuja at an event to wrap up the pilot phase of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) Programme, implemented by Synergos Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

Represented by Mr Andrew Kwasari, his Senior Technical Adviser on Agriculture, Osinbajo said that effective policy alignment between the two tiers of government would no doubt increase agricultural activities across the country.

He said the SPA programme had contributed immensely in that regard in the three pilot states and had also impacted on the lives of rural farmers who “work tirelessly to ensure that we regularly have food on our table”.

“The key lesson from the work of Synergos in Nigeria over the past three years is the creation of policy alignment in agriculture between the federal and state governments.

“This is a very critical piece of work. No doubt, this has helped the small scale farmers to boost their productivity and income in the states where SPA programme was executed.

“This alignment should not end mainly on paper, but create that broad space to view things, such that there will be coherence between the federal and state governments in promoting specific agriculture interventions that are backed by clear policy.

“So this policy alignment is a big thing that Synergos Nigeria has initiated and we hope all states in the country will be able to have clear alignment with what the federal government is doing for transparency and accountability sake,” he explained.

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